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RAIL STRIKE: Will your journey be affected?

Are your Bank Holiday travel plans on track? Credit: PA

Members of the RMT Union are due to walk out just after midnight on Friday night for three days after talks with First Great Western failed.

It is one of the busiest weekends of the year as people make a last trip before school starts.

You can check with First Great Western here to see if your journey will be affected?

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Bank Holiday rail strike to go ahead

Train services over the bank holiday weekend will be affected by the strike Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

A Bank Holiday strike by workers at First Great Western, which runs services from London to the South West, is set to go ahead after talks failed to lead to an agreement.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union at the leading rail company are due to walk out for three days from Saturday in a row over new trains.

The union is in dispute over new high speed trains which it says will hit jobs and on-board catering.

The move will affect train services over the bank holiday weekend.

Fresh talks aim to avert another rail strike

Further talks are being held today in an attempt to avert another strike. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Rail services have returned to normal after a 24-hour strike disrupted First Great Western services in the region.

Members of the RMT Union walked out in an ongoing dispute over the introduction of high speed trains in 2017. 30% of Sunday services were affected.

Further talks are being held in Bristol today in an attempt to avert another strike.

A three-day stoppage is planned over the Bank Holiday weekend by the RMT union, on top of yesterday's action.

The dispute is over the buffet service and the role of guards on new electric trains being introduced in 2017.


Police welcome jail sentence for speeding motorcyclist

Police have welcomed the sentence given to a 24-year-old Plymouth man who filmed himself travelling at 153mph on a motorcycle.

The Judge sentencing described him as a ‘lunatic’. The court was told Ashley Dixon took test drives from Plymouth garages and recorded himself speeding on a Honda Fireblade and a BMW S1000R motorcycle.

MPS Gary Williamson from Devon and Cornwall Police’s Safer Road Support Unit said:

“This sentence gives a clear signal to anyone planning to brag about speeding on Devon and Cornwall’s roads, and that is they will be dealt with the utmost seriousness.

Ashley Dixon’s irresponsible actions not only put himself at risk, but endangered the lives of many other road users on more than one occasion.

The speeds he was travelling at meant he would have had no chance to react had anything come into his path on the road or had he encountered anything unexpected on the road surface. A collision at those speeds would have been catastrophic.

To then post the footage on social media in a bid to gain notoriety for his actions was crass, and quite rightly looked on very dimly by the Judge concerned.

Every year we see multiple fatal road traffic collisions in our region where speed is the major contributory factor to someone losing their life.

It is the responsibility of every road user to drive within the law so our roads are as safe as possible for all concerned. I can only hope that other motorists who engage in such arrogant behaviour will see this and realise that if they continue to behave in this manner they are a danger to themselves and others, and when caught they will be dealt with robustly

– MPS Gary Williamson, Devon and Cornwall Police

First Great Western staff strike to go ahead

First Great Western staff are due to strike this weekend. Credit: PA Images

First Great Western staff are due to strike this weekend after talks failed to resolve a row over staffing levels on the new Hitachi Inter City trains.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union will walk out for 24 hours this Sunday.

The company says it hopes to run around 70% of services but has warned trains may be busy and there will be limited food and drink services on-board.

Passengers will be offered a refund if they have already booked a ticket but choose not to travel.

A three day strike is also planned for the bank holiday weekend,

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